Is Your Teen Texting and Driving?!

Recent Data on Distracted Driving

Distraction was a key factor in 58 percent of crashes involving drivers ages 16 to 19, according to an analysis of video footage of 1,691 moderate-to-severe crashes 6 seconds before they occurred.

Teenagers are 400% more likely to get into an accident from texting and driving.

Teens have the highest crash rate of any group in the United States.

Texting while driving is extremely dangerous and irresponsible. Leading causes of distracted driving include texting, talking on cell phones, using a mobile device to access the internet while driving and surfing the web, using social media or taking selfies.  

 

Consider These Facts And Statistics About Distracted Driving:

 

·       In 2017, distracted driving was reported in crashes that killed 3,166 people (8.6 percent of all fatalities), although many instances may go unreported.

 

·       Even though teens recognize that talking or texting on a cell phone or using social media apps while driving is unsafe, they often engage in these behaviors anyway.

·       Teen drivers receive the most calls from their parents, more than general calling patterns would suggest.

 

What about the Brain Science of Distraction?

Today’s media distractions are addictive. Recent studies have shown that behaviors such as texting, social media and frequent notifications trigger the reward system of the brain causing people to want more and more of what technology offers.

 

Especially for the inexperienced teen driver, if the brain is thinking about anything other than driving, the ability to react to a potential crash is diminished. Being distracted behind the wheel because of texting or using cell phones is not only dangerous but also often deadly.

 

 What Can Parents Do to Avoid Texting and Driving?

Parents making teens aware of the statistics and facts about teen distracted driving due to cell phone use can help teens avoid dangerous crashes.

 >Turn off cell phones

>Never text while driving

 

 Parents Can Also…..

>Model safe driving behaviors

>Limit the number of peer passengers

>Make teenagers aware of the laws against texting and driving

>Share statistics and facts with their teenager about the dangers of texting and driving

> Listen to a webinar by Dr. Lisa where she dives into these hard issues today!

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